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    State and local agencies are more effective than the federal government in housing discrimination enforcement

State and local agencies are more effective than the federal government in housing discrimination enforcement

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Discrimination by those selling or renting homes is illegal under the 1968 Fair Housing Act (known as Title VIII), but housing discrimination and segregation in the US have not been eliminated. Federal, state, and local agencies are responsible for enforcing Title VIII, so in which part of government is enforcement most effective? In new research which analyses data from […]

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    Donald Trump’s interim Opioid Commission report did not mention drug courts. Here’s why that’s a positive step.  

Donald Trump’s interim Opioid Commission report did not mention drug courts. Here’s why that’s a positive step.  

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Last week, President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis to be a “public health emergency”, announcing measures to tackle the problem including expanding access to treatment. John Collins writes that, in a positive and perhaps surprising move, in its interim report, Trump’s Commission did not mention drug courts, a politically popular approach to tackling substance-abuse. He argues that drug courts, […]

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    Expert organizations can be effective in correcting health misinformation on social media

Expert organizations can be effective in correcting health misinformation on social media

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While social media can be a great source of information and insight, it is also awash with misinformation. How can social media users combat this? In new research which focuses on health information, Emily Vraga finds that single tweets by social media users are ineffective at correcting false information, but they can be effective if they are followed by […]

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    Uncooperative federal government has led to innovation on marijuana policy in more liberal, less religious states.

Uncooperative federal government has led to innovation on marijuana policy in more liberal, less religious states.

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In the past two decades, 29 states and Washington DC have liberalized their laws on the use of medical marijuana – in defiance of federal regulations. A. Lee Hannah and Daniel J. Mallinson look at why some states have become ‘defiant innovators’ in this area. They find that if a state is more liberal and less religious, if the […]

Deconstructing the myths behind Medicare and Medicaid

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Medicare, health insurance for the elderly, a universal program for which all Americans become eligible when they reach retirement age; and Medicaid, health insurance for the poor are two often conflated and misused concepts. George Klosko deconstructs Medicare and Medicaid’s different histories and structures and misconceptions about the contributory nature of each.

As Congress struggles to repeal and replace the […]

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    Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own.

Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own.

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More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight, with over a third in the obese category, but the public in general does not support a greater role for government in tackling this problem. In new research, Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn look at whether or not Americans think that obesity is caused by biology or a result of […]

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    How expanding Medicaid can help prisoners in the Southern states.

How expanding Medicaid can help prisoners in the Southern states.

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While the Obama presidency saw the introduction of Obamacare and the expansion of Medicaid in many US states, President Trump’s administration may well roll back these reforms. Nickolas Zaller argues that while they can, Southern states should expand Medicaid, one effect of which would be to improve health outcomes for those involved with the criminal justice system. He suggests […]

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    Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

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In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop, Anna Lembke sheds light on the rise of prescription drug addiction in the USA, fuelled in part by the actions of doctors and the structure of the US healthcare system. As the book illuminates the causes and drivers behind the increasing […]

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    With their Obamacare replacement, Republicans are jumping blindfolded through the policy window

With their Obamacare replacement, Republicans are jumping blindfolded through the policy window

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Earlier this month, House Republicans released their proposed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare – the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With estimates that the bill may cause 24 million people to lose health insurance coverage gained under Obamacare, Philip Rocco writes that the leadership of the Republican Party is now faced with asking its members to vote for […]

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    Book Review: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health edited by Vincanne Adams

Book Review: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health edited by Vincanne Adams

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Metrics: What Counts in Global Health, a collection of essays edited by Vincanne Adams, looks at how the preoccupation with health metrics is distorting the way that healthcare is being funded and delivered, particularly in the Global South. Thomas Christie Williams hopes that the volume will encourage policymakers and researchers to reflect upon the potential consequences of ‘the numbers […]

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